Children’s centre left in ‘limbo’ as council seeks to avoid £165k penalty
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A former children’s centre, which was closed to save North Somerset Council money earlier this year, may end up costing taxpayers £165,000 – meaning its future is in ‘limbo’.
North Somerset Council has moved its Yatton service to the library and planned to rent the building out.
However, because the centre based at the infant school was funded by a Government education programme, the council is only allowed to lease it to preschool providers – if not, it must pay back an estimated £164,268.
It means the infant school – which is short on space – cannot use the building, even though the village is growing.
North Somerset Council received no interest when it advertised the centre to be used from February to June for £5,000.
Parish councillor Wendy Griggs said: “Because it’s such a small centre... it’s in limbo as it’s not an economically viable business at this stage.”